• Germany's news in English

Özdemir says Greens must not rule out governing with conservatives

The Local · 1 Oct 2011, 14:20

Published: 01 Oct 2011 14:20 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Green leader Cem Özdemir said on Saturday that a possible cooperation with the conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) should not be ruled out.

Yet this contradicted statements made by the co-leaders of the Green parliamentary party, Renate Künast and Jürgen Trittin.

Özdemir said in Der Spiegel magazine that the party had decided against ruling potential partners out at a conference back in 2009.

“I don’t have the impression that there is the desire within the party to change anything on that at the moment,” he said.

He was backed up by leader of the Green state parliamentary fraction in Lower Saxony, Stefan Wenzel. He said the calls for ruling out working with the CDU made no sense.

“The question of coalitions is as I see it, not a dogma,” he said.

The Greens returned to the subject after the Berlin election on September 18, when they did worse than had been expected. Trittin afterwards called for the Greens to work to get rid of the CDU coalitions with the Free Democrats in Schleswig-Holstein and Lower Saxony in state elections over the next two years – “without leaving a trace.”

Künast had said one should close off the option of any potential coalition with the CDU.

But Özdemir said although he favoured the Social Democrats as partners, “I cannot imagine that any of us seriously wants us to automatically become the junior partner of the SPD.”

Story continues below…

He said the Social Democrats were competitors, and that Green politicians involved state elections should have the option to decide themselves what to do. He said there was no need to take part in ruling anything out a full two years ahead of the federal election – even though he saw the chances of forming a coalition with the CDU as very unlikely.

DPA/The Local/hc

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

15:47 October 1, 2011 by derExDeutsche
Conservatives (or, as Marc Young points out @ the Tagespigel, Bavarians) are people, too. Can't always be just the Turks and the French. lol
17:04 October 1, 2011 by Englishted
The greens are always greener on the other side ,the problem is whatever side your on there are always greens.

Hope they go the way of the F.D.P.
Today's headlines
These are Germany's top ten universities
The new library of Freiburg University. Photo: Jörgens.mi / Wikimedia Commons

These are the best universities in all of Germany - at least according to one ranking.

Introducing Swabians - 'the Scots of Germany'
Photo: DPA

These Southern Germans have quite a reputation in the rest of the country.

Woman sues dentist over job rejection for headscarf
Photo: DPA

A dentist in Stuttgart is being taken to court by a woman whom he rejected for a job as his assistant on the basis that she wears a Muslim headscarf.

Isis suspect charged with scouting Berlin attack sites
Photo: DPA

German federal prosecutors said Thursday they had brought charges against a 19-year-old Syrian man accused of having scouted targets in Berlin for a potential attack by the Isis terror group.

Berlin Holocaust memorial could not be built now: creator
The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, in Berlin. Photo: DPA.

The architect of the Berlin Holocaust memorial has said that, if he tried to build the monument again today, it would not be possible due to rising xenophobia and anti-Semitism in Germany and the United States.

'Liberal' Germany stopping Europe's 'slide into barbarism'
Ian Kershaw. Photo: DPA

Europe is not slipping into the same dark tunnel of hate and nationalism that it did in the 1930s - mainly thanks to Germany - one of the continent's leading historians has said.

Eurowings strike to hit 40,000 passengers
Travelers impacted by the strike on Thursday wait at Cologne Bonn airport. Photo: DPA.

The day-long strike by a Eurowings cabin crew union is expected to impact some 40,000 passengers on Thursday as hundreds of flights have been cancelled.

Deutsche Bank reports surprise quarter billion profit
Photo: DPA

Troubled German lender Deutsche Bank reported Thursday a surprise €256-million profit in the third quarter, compared with a loss of more than six billion in the same period last year.

US 'warned Merkel' against Chinese takeover of tech firm
Aixtron HQ. Photo: DPA

The German government withdrew its approval for a Chinese firm to purchase Aixtron, which makes semiconductor equipment, after the US secret services raised security concerns, a German media report said Wednesday.

Long-vanished German car brand joins electric race
Photo: DPA

Cars bearing the stamp of once-defunct manufacturer Borgward will once again roll off an assembly line in north Germany from 2018, the firm said Wednesday.

10 German clichés that foreigners get very wrong
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
10 ways German completely messes up your English
Germany's 10 most weird and wonderful landmarks
10 things you never knew about socialist East Germany
How Germans fell in love with America's favourite squash
How I ditched London for Berlin and became a published author
12 clever German idioms that'll make you sound like a pro
23 fascinating facts you never knew about Berlin
9 unmissable events to check out in Germany this October
10 things you never knew about German reunification
10 things you're sure to notice after an Oktoberfest visit
Germany's 10 most Instagram-able places
15 pics that prove Germany is absolutely enchanting in autumn
10 German films you have to watch before you die
6 things about Munich that’ll stay with you forever
10 pieces of German slang you'll never learn in class
Ouch! Naked swimmer hospitalized after angler hooks his penis
Six reasons why Berlin is now known as 'the failed city'
15 tell-tale signs you’ll never quite master German
7 American habits that make Germans very, very uncomfortable
Story of a fugitive cow who outwitted police for weeks before capture
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd